Equitable Life

Part of Opposition Day — [19th allotted day] – in the House of Commons at 3:03 pm on 21st October 2009.

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Photo of Mark Durkan Mark Durkan Leader of the Social Democratic & Labour Party 3:03 pm, 21st October 2009

I thank my hon. Friend for amplifying my question. We all want to know what "up and running" means. We also heard the Chief Secretary, in reply to a question, say that he had spoken to Sir John Chadwick, either before the summer or in early summer. Another hon. Member asked whether Sir John Chadwick had adequate resources or needed more. Since the judgment, however, the scope of Sir John Chadwick's work has expanded. Instead of going back to July 1995, it must go back to July 1991. I wonder whether the Chief Secretary should be talking to Sir John Chadwick again to see whether, in the light of the judgment, he has sufficient resources. If, as the statement admits, his work has additional scope, does he not need additional resources? As other hon. Members have raised the failure of Sir John Chadwick directly and sensibly to engage with the all-party group or any other Member, such engagement might be usefully explored, so that we fully understand the implications of the court case for his continuing work.

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